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Southern Spring

Spring is in full bloom here in the South.  The days are getting warmer + longer, the horses are shedding like crazy, the thunderstorms are more often, and the mosquitoes are getting larger {ugh}.  However, I love this time of year.  There are wildflowers everywhere, my sister and I planted a teeny garden, and horse show season is starting up.

We recently sold our home and have moved back to the farm for awhile.  I feel more at home than I did in the housing development we lived in.  I have absolutely loved being back where my roots are planted.  The neighborhood life was getting too stuffy for me.  I love waking up to the birds singing and chirping, I feed horses before work in the peace and quiet {yes, I oddly enjoy this}, our dogs get to run free, and the views are as pretty as ever.  I always told mama growing up that God gave us the prettiest sunsets on the farm.  Turns out all these years later, I was right.



Photo credits: Jennifer at Sweet E Photography

On top of the cotton candy sunsets, I get to see my family everyday.  Most folks turn a head or give you the “deer in headlights” look when I mention this.  They say, “How in the world can y’all stand each other?  You don’t drive one another crazy?”  Well, of course we do.  I’ve learned at the end of the day, family is really all you have.  I never take my spontaneous, loud, nonstop family for granted.  I am really looking forward to spending so much time together this spring and summer {call me crazy}.

I hope spring has been treating you kindly, friend.  How have you been enjoying this beautiful weather?  Take some time for your family this season!  You won’t regret it!



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Gaffney, I love ya

Horse show season has kicked off to a great start!  We took on the EXCA State Championship in Gaffney, SC recently.  Last year was the first time we had been to this beautiful town.  It never disappoints with it’s rolling hills and friendly folks.  Green River Farms was hosting an Extreme Cowboy Association Race.  We love these shows and what they represent.  You’re displaying true horsemanship over a course of ranch techniques + challenging obstacles with speed.  It’s exciting to watch and cheer on my family and the other competitors.


It made me so proud to see how much Erik + Miss Kitty and Kirsten + Mister Twister had improved from last year.  The horses and riders have matured so much.  Erik and Miss Kitty placed well in the Non-Pro and Pro Divisions.  Kirsten and Mister Twister brought home the Intermediate Champion Title and the Youth Champion Title at this show!!  Kirsten also introduced another horse, Diamond, to the show life and she impressed us with her calm, cool, collected attitude.  Dawton {Kirsten’s boyfriend}, showed for the first time on trusty Trinity.  They did so great and had a blast!  This won’t be the last you see of them.  Both of the courses tackled were tough, but all 3 of them rocked it.


The weather was perfect, the hamburgers from Mrs. Barb’s concession stand were delicious {as always}, the people were refreshing and kind, the late night Olive Garden run was tradition, and the quality time spent with the horses was progress.  Gaffney, you never disappoint and for that, I love ya.

Until the next adventure,


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Adventures of 2016

As 2016 comes to an end, I can’t help but reflect on how much fun we had this year!  So many trips, adventures, meeting new people, put our home up for sale, got a new puppy, somehow got my husband on a cruise ship, celebrated a year of blogging, kissed a dolphin, and made so many memories!  I’m reminded of how thankful I am of family, friends, and all the good, little things that surround me.  I am so grateful for another year to enjoy life and make the most of the moments we’re given.

I love hearing everyone’s resolutions and plans for 2017!  We’ll be bringing in the New Year casually with a frog-more stew and family time!  I don’t have any big resolutions this year, but I’ve set some goals for myself!  I want to be healthier, happier, and Southern Detour to continue growing in the direction God has planned!  A big thank you to everyone who encouraged, supported, and loved me through 2016!  Couldn’t have done it without ya!  I pray blessings for you and your family in 2017!  Make every day count, friend.



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Trampolines and Pier Fishing

Do you ever have one of those randomly awesome, adventurous, fun weekends??  That happened recently!  The entire weekend was so much fun and spent with my family.  Those weekends are the best in my book!

Friday night Erik and I went to a fancy schmancy dinner for our anniversary.  This doesn’t happen often, so it was nice.  My handsome husband of four years, a delicious meal, and I didn’t have to do the dishes.  Sigh.

Saturday was spent helping my parents’ at their new shop, Southern Detour.  They have been putting the finishing touches on the boutique.  All I can say is there’s turquoise and cute clothes everywhere.  You’ll have to come out to our Grand Opening this Saturday {December 3rd, 8am-8pm} to see it for yourself!  We had planned to go eat crab legs in North Myrtle Beach with my family for dinner.  We do this once or twice a year.  It always ends happy and miserably full on crab legs.  The guys wanted to go drive go-carts after {yes, I’m surrounded by children trapped in adult bodies}.  But…who knew, in the off season, all the go-cart and putt-putt locations close early.  Now you know.  We randomly drove by an indoor trampoline park at 9pm and someone thinks it’s a good idea to check it out.  After paying for our wrist bands, dad is making bets on who will vomit first.  Had we lost our minds?!  It was like kids getting off the bus on a Friday afternoon from school.  We were running to the trampolines full force.  Forgetting we had to work Monday.  Living life to the fullest.  Pulling all kinds of muscles and pushing ourselves to the limit.  Golly it was fun.  Thank goodness I had on jeggings.


It was seriously so thrilling.  We don’t have many pictures because we were living in the moment and too busy making fun of each other.  I would definitely go back even though I felt like I’d been hit by a dump truck on Monday.  It doesn’t take much for me, folks.

Even after all the adventure Saturday night, we were at church Sunday morning and decided to skip a nap and go pier fishing that afternoon.  I love going to the pier and looking out over the ocean.  It’s always so beautiful, no matter the time of year.  The guys had their fishing poles and I had my camera.  We were set and headed to the state park.  It was a gorgeous day.


Sorry for the picture overload.  That sky was so blue, I just couldn’t help myself.  Plus, we’ve got to document these moments.  Even though it was just another Sunday afternoon, it was also jokes in between the photos, learning how to cast the line out, eating cookies’n cream icecream, breathing in the salty air, soaking up the sun, car karaoke the whole way home, and making memories with the people I love the most.  Sometimes the littlest things are the biggest moments.  I love weekends like this.  They are my favorite.

Sentimental and sappy,


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Trucks, Take Out, and Talks

I heard the awful noise and knew it wasn’t good.  Just great.  The guys shortly decided the clutch had gone out in his straight drive diesel.  My first question, “How much is this going to cost us?”

My dad has always been a handyman.  Literally, I think he can do anything.  Don’t tell him I said that.  My husband is learning to be just as handy.  The two of them are always working on something; a horse trailer, Southern Detour “junk,” a truck, a horse fence, the list goes on.  They have the bright idea to fix the truck themselves!  I’m beginning to think the two of them just love the feeling of accomplishment and getting their hands dirty.

All I’ve heard the past couple of weeks is talk about fly wheels, transmissions, wrenches, pressure plates, and lots of other things that I have no idea what they are.  There were many late nights, take out food at the barn, and O’Reilly runs.  I feel like I’ve barely seen my husband between work, cleanup after the hurricane, and fixing his truck.

The late nights began…


I often heard grunts, life talks, and tools clanging underneath the truck.


Literally, Laugh.Out.Loud. at Erik’s work glove giving us the peace sign below.  That was my feelings exactly.


I even contributed when I could.


The jack was blurry; therefore, proof I really helped!  I even have a very nice grease stain on my sweatshirt to prove it.


At least when I helped, sometimes there was a nice view.


Long days at work, late nights under a truck, sharing one vehicle, and it was all worth it!  Who else can say they’ve replaced the clutch system in their truck themselves?!  Pretty darn impressive I’d say!  I love the handymen in my family.  Wouldn’t trade this one right here for nothing, even with the messy hair and weird light thing on his head.  His truck is good as new, if not better!

HUGE THANK YOU to Paul, Kurt, Tyler, Shiner, Dawton, and my mom, Regina, for y’all’s help the past couple weeks!  Also, Kirsten, for feeding horses so we could get straight to work!  You’ll never know how much you’re appreciated!

Now to take the truck on a long test drive!



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Harvest In The Storm

I’d been watching Mr. Hyman plant his sweet potatoes and harvest them over the past few month as I’d pull out of my parents driveway to head home.


There’s a hurricane passing our way this weekend.  We haven’t gotten a bad storm like this in a long time in this small town.  Our first cold front of fall is blowing in.  It was chilly and starting to mist the other night.  Everything at my parents’ farm was secure and animals tucked in tight for the storm.  We went to get our bellies full on BBQ and biscuits at a local restaurant.

We were all so tired from crazy schedules and getting ready for Hurricane Matthew this week.  As we were passing by Mr. Hyman’s field, we looked over and saw his tractor shedding lights on him and his wife trying to cover the large wooden boxes of potatoes in preparation for the storm.  The wind was blowing the tarps and light was streaming in the dark from his wife’s flashlight so he could secure them to shelter the sweet potatoes.  Love their hearts.

My dad turned that Chevrolet in before I knew it.  All five of us hopped out ready to lend our hands.  The men had the tarps covering the sweet potatoes in 30 minutes.  Mr. Hyman was so grateful.  I noticed his tired eyes and worn hands from the farming.  I was grateful too.  Thankful for people like him.  Homegrown, farming the land, providing for America in the dark, wind, and rain.


Got me thinking.  I swear my mind never stops.

Mr. Hyman sheltering his prized sweet potatoes is how we should treat ourselves.  When we’re going through storms, trials, temptations and the wind is raging, the rain is coming down, and we can’t see through the darkness in life, we need to guard our hearts.  Don’t let the storms of life destroy you and make you bitter, depressed, and drowning in your own sorrow.  I’ve got good news, friend.  Storms pass.  And when the storm passes, there is always sunshine.  Some storms will be bigger than others.  Heck, you may even get a hurricane occasionally.  Will they leave damage and scarring?  Sure.  Just make sure to pick up the pieces of your heart after and let the Ultimate Healer put you back together.  God’s gonna take care of you, you little sweet potato, you.  There will be brighter days and helping hands along the way.  You’re never alone because God’s always holding you in His worn, scarred hands and there’s always, always people helping people.

Loving God and loving people,



“They do not say in their hearts, ‘Let us fear the Lord our God, who gives the rain in its season, the autumn rain and the spring rain, and keeps for us the weeks appointed for the harvest.'” {Jeremiah 5:24}


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Weekend Warrior

Y’all…I live for the weekends.  Whoever thought of working 8-10 hour days/4-5 days a week, boo you.  I count down to Friday every week.  I look forward to spending time with my husband, our pup and my family!  It doesn’t matter if we’re hanging around the barn, at a horse show, taking my grandparents to dinner, playing fetch with Jax, going out for chips and salsa, running errands, or going to breakfast, we always enjoy our time together.  The farm and being around the horses are my happy place.  It gives me time to clear my head and get some fresh air after a busy work week.  We make the most of our memories on the weekends.  They are my {favorite}.


I love graphic tees.  They have become my new addiction!  You can never have too many, right??  This one is so cute and depicts me perfectly!  My new friend, Katie, has her own calligraphy shop and has such unique items: mugs, journals, custom invitations…you name it!  Plus, she’s a sweetie and her packaging is on point!  These “jorts” {as my husband calls them} are gonna be worn almost everyday this summer!  I love the high rise and the length!  Plus, I’m a sucker for anything ‘worn’ looking.  Also, I wish I picked flowers and drank glass Cokes every weekend in a cute, southern outfit {there’s an idea}.


Also, sorry not sorry for the complete picture overload.  My photographer is so darn good, I couldn’t just pick my “favorites” {oops}!  Hope y’all enjoyed this southern look and a few of our barn animals!

Weekend Warrior Tee | Denim Shorts A.K.A. “Jorts” | Cowgirl Boots | Headband | Turquoise Ring | Red Lipstick



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AdvoCare 10 Day Cleanse Review

I always felt sluggish, bloated, tired, groggy, and blah.  I had basically failed {shhh} at keeping up with my “making healthier choices” New Year’s resolution.  I knew I had to start eating better.  I joined two of my gal pals for the AdvoCare 10 Day Cleanse and we agreed to be accountability partners.  Note to self: if you’re going to try to change your eating habits or be healthier, you need someone to hold you accountable.  Seriously y’all, there is junk food e v e r y w h e r e!

What is the cleanse?

This cleanse is a “fresh start” for your body.  It helps to rid your body of waste and prepare your body to better absorb nutrients.  It consists of 3 products along with a healthy diet {basically clean eating}.  The cleanse will come with a Probiotic Restore, Herbal Cleanse tablets and a Fiber mix.  I also drank the AdvoCare Spark during the day {it was a lifesaver}!  Watermelon is my favorite flavor so far!  I highly recommend using the AdvoCare App on your phone.  It gives you a list of recommended foods and portion sizes.  I ate a ton of fruits and veggies, lean meat and drank enough water to fill a pool.


What I ate on the cleanse:

I prepared my ‘snacks’ on Sundays when we got home from church.  I ate 5 times a day {Breakfast, Snack, Lunch, Snack, Dinner}.  My snack in the morning would normally be a fruit and my snack in the afternoon would be a veggie.  I would cut up the fruits/veggies and put them into individual serving bags or containers.  It made it very easy during the week to just grab one and go.  Plus, it kept me from overeating.


I kept a journal all 10 days of what I was putting into my body.  These are some of the things I ate:


  • Omelet w/Peppers and Turkey Sausage
  • Atkins Protein Shake {if I was in a hurry}
  • Scrambled Eggs and Fruit
  • Acai Bowl from Fresh Greens


  • Chicken and Corn on the Cob
  • Tuna and Salad w/Light Dressing
  • Salad w/Turkey and Boiled Egg
  • Chicken, Brown Rice and Veggie


  • Chic-Fil-A side salad and 6 Grilled Nuggets
  • Buffalo Chicken and Celery
  • Chicken Fajitas w/Beans
  • I’ve recently signed up with Hello Fresh Meals and we had that for dinner most nights.  I’ll be doing a post on this soon!



Thoughts on the Cleanse?

Overall, I am really satisfied with the cleanse!  I didn’t do the cleanse to lose weight, but to help me adopt healthier eating habits.  After 10 days, I feel better, no longer bloated and it really makes me think twice about what I’m eating.  It definitely made me practice self control.  I believe a healthy lifestyle is about balance.  I’m still finding mine.  I live in the South so there’s plenty of delicious food that’s not good for you {#amen}!  I don’t think there’s anything wrong with treating yourself every so often {especially when traveling}, but majority of the time try to make healthier choices.  Every lifestyle and person will have their own balance.  If you’re interested in the cleanse or any of their products, click here and my good friend, Jaime, will be happy to help you!



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Horses, Hills and a Helicopter

You’re probably wondering, where in the world “helicopter” is playing in here.  Don’t worry, I’ll fill you in soon!

We spent this weekend in Gaffney, SC at Green River Ranch for an Extreme Cowboy Race horse show.  We were new to the association and this horse show series.  It’s all about obstacles, horsemanship and trust between you and your horse.  It was so much fun to watch and photograph!  The ranch was beautiful.  Rolling hills, blue skies, and mountains in the distance {sigh}; my kind of place.


It was a gorgeous sunny day, even if the wind did blow 137 mph.  I had to dig out my toboggan and gloves for the event.  My sister and husband competed in a few of the classes.  I always leave feeling so proud of both of them!  They do such an awesome job, stay focused and somehow manage to have fun too!


The ranch’s hospitality was to a “T”.  Homemade food in the concession stand, friendly atmosphere and clean, well maintained grounds.  We made some new friends and saw some old ones too.


This kid was just so darn cute.

I enjoyed spending time with my family.  We laughed…


and ate bacon, egg and cheese biscuits.  Also, I drank way too much coffee {but is that even possible}?!

As I was finishing up my cup of coffee and thinking it’d be a great time for a nap, one of the young competitors took a big fall.  I had a front row seat and my heart sank for this little girl.  When you put your trust in a large animal, sometimes things will happen.  It’s always scary when they do.  They called for an ambulance immediately.  We all waited, anxiously.


Next, we got the news they were bringing in a helicopter to take full precaution and for us to secure our horses.  I said a prayer for that little girl and we all hoped she would be okay.


They rushed her off to the hospital and we continued on with the show.

Towards the end of the day, we got news that the young girl would make a full recovery.  No broken bones or serious injuries, just bad bruising!  Praise the Lord!

Erik {my husband} and Kirsten {my sister} ended up finishing in the top of their classes!  It was a long, eventful day, but definitely a good one.


My face may be windburnt, my body may be sore, my eyes may be blood shot, and I may have gotten home at 3AM, but it’s worth it.  Nothing can replace memories made with family, friends and horses.

Also, I’ve decided you can never have too much coffee.  I think I’m on my 2nd or 3rd cup of the day, but who’s counting?!



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A Day At The Farm

During the week, I work at a salon.  It’s all about beauty, hair, makeup and being up to date on the latest style news.  I love all of those things, but I really love days at my parents’ farm.  I get to wear my old clothes, breathe in fresh air, not wear makeup and be around cute animals all day.  It’s all things good!  I wanted to share with you all what an average day at the farm is like.  It’s going to be picture overload {you’re welcome}.


We get to pull up to this view.  Horses everywhere and I just love it.  It’s peace on Earth {most of the time}.  Then you’re greeted by these sweet faces:


And once they find out you don’t have any food to give…they’ll leave ya alone.  Jax loves going to the farm because he gets to play with his dog friends.


And then it gets a little crazy…


I mean look at Pebbles.  Those are crazy eyes right there.  I am still laughing at this one.

We are always working and staying busy at the farm.  I don’t mind it though.  I love feeling like I’m benefiting the animals and helping my family.  This past weekend we cleaned the water troughs.  Fun, eh.  Helpful, yes!


Okay, well, we make it fun.

Then I watch/photograph my sister and husband furthering their horsemanship.  It’s amazing to see them make progress everyday and learn something new.  Proud sis/wifey moments happen very often!


Prepare for some cuteness…I love visiting these little fuzzy sweeties.  They are some of my favorites.


They get really curious about the camera.


And they get closer…


And closer.  After I’ve pet the minis, I’m off to visit every other animal.  It’s almost like being at a zoo.


My grandparents live a field over {sounds funny, right?}!  I’ve spent many days running across that field to go visit.  Precious memories when I look at their faces.  I am thankful to still be close to them.


Then everybody gets excited because it’s…feed time!


And they all look at you like this…


I love it when everyone is fed and happy. Ah, peace on Earth again.


I love the farm, my family and this life.  You’ll find yourself dirty from head to toe, brushing horses, mucking stalls, and sometimes, talking to a cow.  It’s bliss.

Gone feeding,



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